Monday, April 30, 2012

Skyfall - Istanbul Press Conference (video)

Skyfall - James Bond in Istanbul, click on the link to view the video:

          James Bond - Skyfall - Press Conference in Istanbul

And here's another one. Footage has emerged from the Turkish press showing two stunt riders on the roofs of the city. One is clearly doubling for 007. The media report also shows footage of a man standing in the shattered glass of a shop front. This corroborates stories that a small accident occurred during the shooting. Reuters claims that "the stuntman swerved to avoid hitting extras while careering through the Grand Bazaar at high speed". Locals were slightly remiss as the building has particular historical protection and will take extra effort to repair the damage.

          James Bond - Skyfall - Stuntriders in Istanbul

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

New Life in Our Yard

When we got back from our vacation, 2 of the 4 eggs had hatched. Lets hope this year they have a happy end.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Our Buddhist Squirl

When we got home from our vacation, there were still some prayer flags left. I assume the squirl's nest is nicely padded now? Here's a few more pictures of our Buddhist Squirl:

Voorjaarsvakantie 2012

We zijn net terug van een week vakantie op een cruiseschip, de MSC Magnifica. Binnenkort komen de foto's op het blog! Stay tuned!!!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Day 8 - Back in Venice

Time to say Goodbye........ We had to be out of our cabin by 07:30 AM while still cruising, that was a bit of a pain. So we had an early breakfast and enjoyed the approach to Venice from our breakfast table. Disembarkation was a timeconsuming something, but well organized. By the time we were allowed to check out, we were off the ship in no time. Our car was still in the car park just as we had left it there. And that was the end of our cruise! Just 7 more hours in the car and we would be home.......

Pictures under construction!!!! Stay tuned!

car is still there.....
MSC Magnifica and the terminal in the back

not that much luggage......

final view from the car towards the MSC Magnifica

Friday, April 20, 2012

Day 7 - Dubrovnik, Croatia

In Dubrovnik we were taught a lesson in "how to park your 293 meter cruiseship backwards into an available parkinglot in the harbour". Respect! In the harbour the ship made a 140° turn, then moved backwards and sidewards into its parking position. I was impressed.....

The other surprise was that we were parking right next to the world's third largest motor yacht (155 meter), the Al Said, owned by the Sultan of Oman. It was accompanied by it's supportship, the Fulk Al-Salamah (136 meter). No sign of the Sultan though, but the crew was busy scrubbing the helicopter deck.......

We took a shuttle bus into the old town of Dubrovnik, a 10 minute ride from our ship. Dubrovnik is beautiful and so clean, it is hard to imagine that only 20 years ago there was a war going on 

Pictures under construction!!!! Stay tuned!

Fulk Al-Salamah & Al Said @ Dubrovnik

Naomi, Nelson & Hans @ Dubrovnik

Damage caused by the war 1991/1992 in Dubrovnik

approach to Dubrovnik

another film crew......

180° view of MSC Magnifica

MSC Magnifica & Al Said

180° View of Deck 13

Deck 13

Hans @ Deck 16

leaving Dubrovnik

wizz kid at far right.......

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Day 6 - At Sea

On our way to Dubrovnik.....

Pictures under construction!!!! Stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Day 5 - Istanbul, Turkey

ONE day on TWO continents!!!

Lousy day for pictures, all grey in grey, that is for the outdoor pictures. Made some colourful ones indoor at the old Egyptian or Spice Bazar. We started our day in Istanbul with a hop on hop off city tour, we did the full tour for two hours and then hopped off at the Hagia Sophia. Walking down the bazar district, we were surprised by a short but powerful local storm that put Istanbul's dust into our eyes and ears and everywhere. The Spice Bazar was partially occupied by a James Bond movie-set-crew, they seemed to have problems with the sudden storm, too. Inside the Spice Bazar it was most colorful, and a lovely smell in the air. Back at the ship we could see, from the balcony of our cabin, some delphins playing(?) in the water. There was at least one mother with her baby, so cute, but so difficult to make pictures!

Bridge over Bosporus

Blue Mosque

high quality turkish antenna

Bridge over Bosporus towards Asia

streetvendor selling corn & chestnuts

coming in November 2012...........

3 angry turkish people yelling @me
(it is not allowed to take pictures @ James Bond film set)
damage after strong winds.........

Spices @ Spice Bazar

Spice Bazar

Spice Bazar

Spice Bazar, always crowded

Boats in Bosporus next to Galata Bridge

our HUUUUGE ship

Pictures still under construction!!!! Stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Day 4 - Izmir, Turkey

On Day 4 we woke up in Asia!!! First time for me in Turkey!

first steps in Izmir

on our way out

yummy (we didn't try though, we were able to resist)

Bazar in Izmir


Turkish police station

and guess what, they even have a MIGROS here!!!

Pictures still under construction!!!! Stay tuned!